All Hail the new RadiusDesk

Written by Mfawa Alfred Onen on . Posted in Linux, Networking

Not so long ago, I posted a video of a powerful FreeRADIUS front end called YFi Hotspot Manager created by Dirk van der Walt. I am here with yet another announcement of a new project that Dirk is working on and it is called RadiusDesk. This is a modern webtop for FreeRADIUS using the latest technologies like REST APIs, ExtJs Javascript Library, CakePHP PHP framework and so on. The project is still pre-alpha and it is in active development (as seen in the SVN trunk) but because I always like to play with bleeding edge technologies, I have decided to post another video on how to setup RadiusDesk on CentOS 6 which should be the same with RHEL 6 and similar distros.

The links used in the Video can be found below so feel free to drop any comment and if you need help, I will be glad to assist.

RadiusDesk Source



YFi Hotspot Manager Setup on CentOS 6

Written by Mfawa Alfred Onen on . Posted in Linux, Projects

I will like to start by thanking Dirk van der Walt for his genius piece of software called YFi Hotspot Manager. Having experimented with a lot of FreeRADIUS front end software like DaloRadius, EasyHotspot, phpMyPrepaid back in 2008, I stumbled across YFi Hotspot Manager, Modern Ajax web front-end for FreeRADIUS 2.x which
supports vouchers management, permanent users, postpaid and prepaid billing, Multi language support, statistics etc. It works seamlessly with the following captive portal software; CoovaChilli and Mikrotik and runs on Ubuntu and CentOS.

I wrote a guide on how to set up YFi Hotspot Manger running on RHEL/CentOS 5.x and has gotten some good reviews and Dirk van der Walt was also kind enough to include it on the project wiki page. This video series is a followup of the guide and we will set things up using the latest releases of CentOS 6, YFi Hotspot Manager (Latest SVN – Beta 6), FreeRADIUS 2.2, CakePHP (1.2.x for compatibility reasons), PPTPD 1.3.4.

Requirements for watching the videos:

  • Patience
  • Guts
  • Bowl of Coffee
  • and Patience



After watching the videos and hopefully everything working for you, please drop me a line in the comments field so that I have an idea if the videos helped you or not.

Load Balancing Apache Web Server on CentOS 5.6

Written by Mfawa Alfred Onen on . Posted in Linux, Miscellaneous

I was asked by a friend of mine who goes by the name Alhamd Umaru Bello to setup a Load Balancer on Linux and I decided to use CentOS 5.6 (My Distro of choice for Server Administration…no pun intended!) to configure a two node cluster Load Balancer running the apache webserver. Check out the video and let me have your comments and suggestions on how to do it better. Cheers!